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February 5th, 2013
05:09 PM ET

Strom Thurmond's secret biracial daughter dies at 87

By Alan Duke, CNN

(CNN) - Essie Mae Washington-Williams, the biracial woman who revealed nine years ago she was the illegitimate daughter of former segregationist Sen. Strom Thurmond, died Monday, her family's spokesman said. She was 87.
Washington-Williams kept her father's identity secret until six months after Thurmond, a segregationist leader for decades, died in June 2003 at age 100.
"I never wanted to do anything to harm him or cause detriment to his life or to the lives of those around him," Washington-Williams said at a 2003 news conference, six months after her father died at the age of 100.

"I never wanted to do anything to harm him or cause detriment to his life or to the lives of those around him," Washington-Williams said at a 2003 news conference, six months after her father died at the age of 100.

She died at her Columbia, South Carolina, home Monday morning, according to Frank Wheaton.

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  1. Jorge

    Not surprised that Americans would deny their own kin to the world, based on race. Ted Williams hid his own Mexican mother from everybody, too.

    "For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?"

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